Tiliva tournament confirms participating teams

The Tiliva rugby 7s and netball tournament organizers Epeli Vamatea (left), Lynda Tabuya(middle) and Savenaca Raiwalui (right) during the tournament press conference in Suva today. Picture: ERONI TUINUKU

THE Tiliva rugby 7s and netball tournament has confirmed its 24 participating teams with 11 remaining spots in the netball competition.

Dubbed as one of the international recognized event marketed around the world through the World Sevens Series, the tournament has set a goal of supporting island sports at its best by grooming future national rugby and netball reps from the grassroots level.

Tournament spokesperson Lynda Tabuya said the competition has attracted more teams compared to its inaugural event two years ago.

“This is way earlier than we expected with the confirmation of the 24 teams compared to 2017 and this has shown how much the tournament has grown and this has allowed us to take not only rugby to the islands but netball as well and witness how it grows,” said Tabuya.

In 2017 the tournament focused on rugby 7s only and this year they’ve broadened their expression to invite netball into the event.

“We added netball this year because we felt it was important to allow women also to participate since we’re still developing in the maritime zone, we wanted to develop sports in our area and play a fair role of men and women participating in sports, Lynda said.

Meanwhile the tournament is on April 25-26 and the boat leaves Suva on the 24 and returns on the 27.

The 24 rugby 7s teams are;

Lomaji
Lebaivalu
Niubuto Uro Kadavu
Nakasaleja Maroon
Tiliva Red
Lomavata Young Boys
Tiliva Blue
Tiliva Gold
Uluinikoro Duva 205
Buca Bay Babas
Kacau Babas
Naiqoro
Vunisinu Babas
Senibiau
Warrior Young Boys
Waitabu Youth
Jirisamuta
Narikoso
Buebas Babas
Dravuwalu
Kavala Bay Babas
Makoi Barbarians
Saunaka
Sidefloat Buliya

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